The guitarist's own Black Label Society continues its North American tour and plans on a new album.
Ozzy Osbourne’s North American No More Tours 2 outing may be postponed again, but rest assured Zakk Wylde has no plans to sit around twiddling his guitar-playing thumbs during that unexpected time off.
“You just keep busy,” says the longtime Osbourne sidekick, who just started his own North American tour with his Black Label Society band on Feb. 26 and has plans for his Zakk Sabbath tribute band. “As far as with the boss, Ozzy’s taking his vitamins and hitting the iron, and just healing up and getting ready. And when he’s ready, we’ll roll.”
Nevertheless, the postponement -- which comes in the wake of multiple health issues, including Osbourne suffering from a fall, and the need for him to continue treatment for Parkinson’s disease -- was a disappointment for all concerned. “If it was up to Ozzy, we [would have been] doing shows six months ago. He wants to go,” says Wylde. “He’s like, ‘F--k, this sucks. I can still do it. The last tour was so good!..' I’m just like, ‘You’ll know when you’re ready. No one’s going away, dude. You’ll know when you’re ready. It’s just a matter of time.’ ”